Council Regulation (EU) n°733/2013 of 22 July 2013 amending Regulation (EC) No 994/98 on the application of Articles 92 and 93 of the Treaty establishing the European Community to certain categories of horizontal State aid was published in the OJ of the EU of 31 July 2013. This enabling Regulation introduces new categories of aid that the Commission may decide to exempt from the obligation of prior notification

On the basis of this new Regulation, the Commission launched on 24 July 2013 a public consultation on a draft Regulation declaring certain categories of aid compatible with the internal market in application of Articles 107 and 108 of the Treaty (GBER II). The draft Regulation proposes to include compatibility criteria for the following additional exemption categories in the GBER: making good the damage caused by natural disasters, social aid for transport for residents of remote regions, certain broadband infrastructure, innovation, culture and heritage conservation and sports and multifunctional infrastructure. Interested third parties are invited to respond to the Consultation by 10 September 2013.